Prime Minister launches £100m Smart Grid programme

Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced as part of his trade mission to Japan the Energy Technologies Institute (“ETI”) new £100 million Smart Systems and Heat Programme.

At the same time it was announced that Hitachi has become the first programme associate of the ETI – becoming a key delivery partner in this programme

The ETI is a public-private partnership focused on the acceleration of the development of affordable, clean and secure technologies that will help the UK meet its 2050 climate change targets. This new programme is the largest in their history with an allocated programme budget of £100 million over its five year duration.

The five year programme will culminate in the demonstration of a first of its kind Smart Energy System in the UK.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts who is accompanying the Prime Minister on the trade mission said: "The focus of this five-year ETI programme is to develop the first Smart Energy System demonstration of its kind in the UK. It has the potential to generate significant commercial opportunities and expand the UK's capability in low carbon technologies. The addition of Hitachi to this programme will enhance ETI's capability through its world leading expertise in systems integration. It is a further example of the UK's ability to attract global companies to invest in developing solutions to global problems in the UK."

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